Saxby Breaks Pledge with Georgians Not to Raise Their Taxes

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All too often the course of the statesman is an unpopular one. He does it for the good of his cause and the belief that suffering the consequences from his actions are noble.

Saxby is for raising Georgians taxes and should in fact accept the electoral consequences that causes. After all, we are a Republic of the people, by the people, right?

Saxby is clearly building support for his longtime friend, Speaker John Boehner and the tough position he’s charged with being the highest ranking Republican in the country, tasked with negotiating with liberal Democrats on a deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” To be fair, for years I’ve been against the extension of the Bush tax cuts. Sounds whacky doesn’t it? Except for the fact that I believe in real reform. See, the Bush tax cuts have been good for America in the short term but have robbed us of the catalyst that is necessary to having the debate Americans so richly deserve. There’s nothing like a good crisis to cause a little American innovation. Personally, I can be politically sympathetic to Saxby’s whims and wishes — but they are simply outside of the representation that is reflective of the people of Georgia. This is my fundamental argument against Saxby being the Republican nominee in 2014 for U.S. Senate.

In an interview that made headlines across the Hill and the peach state, Saxby went on to attack Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) President Grover Norquist, the man charged with enforcing the pledge by publicly chastising pledge-breakers.

For a moment I wondered if Saxby confused Norquist with a Senator, citing that Norquist “has no plan” but also “his plan says you continue to add to the debate.”


Here’s the pledge Saxby made to the people of Georgia through ATR:

I pledge to the taxpayers of my district and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.

You know, the pledge he slapped on the front door of his campaign office after making a super-sized copy of it as’s Erick Erickson points out on Twitter.

This isn’t sitting too well with other leaders in the conservative movement either. Georgian Amy Kremer, Chairman of the Tea Party Express, has pledged to participate in an effort primary the Senator as well. Other key grassroots figures like Jenny Beth Martin and Debbie Dooley of Tea Party Patriots will play a critical role in determining what the grassroots in the state do. Georgia Conservatives in Action, a network of key activists from across the state lead by Co-Chairs Pat Tippett and Kay Godwin have heard from their supporters that they’d like to see an organized challenge to Saxby in the primary.

A question remains rather the more libertarian forces in the state will be able to work with other grassroot coalitions for a real hopeful attempt at recruiting and promoting an alternative.

“I don’t worry about that,” said Saxby of his bid for reelection being affected by raising taxes on Georgians. There are few cares or worries in retirement. Expect the grassroots of Georgia to be organizing one heck of a retirement party for Saxby over this next year and a half.

#Taxby, we got this.


Update (10:32am ET): Jason Pye, editor of United Liberty makes the Case Against Saxby Chambliss. It’s a compelling read.